“Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.”
Stroll on the shore.
Walk in the woods.
Gaze at the night sky.
Even just a few minutes with nature can stir the soul of an artist. “I love a beach vacation, spending time relaxing, taking long walks and enjoying the sights and sounds of the waves and a cool breeze, ” says Wendy Gray Raven, the artist behind Gray Raven Designs.
In fact, it was a recent beach vacation that inspired Wendy to create a new series of seascape micro mosaic pieces. The one shown here clearly echoes the colors and patterns of the sea and sky as seen from the oceans’ edge. The hand-cut light and dark apatite and cyanite stones reflect the light just like the ripples on a gentle sea.
We recently ran across some stunning photos of individual grains of sand magnified more 250 times. Click here to see those images for a little more awe-inspiring inspiration.
The term neutral is often defined as achromatic, meaning colors lacking hue, such as gray, black, or white. While most people understand that blacks, whites and grays are neutral colors, in art, fashion and design, many other colors have been described as neutral, including browns, beiges, and navy blue. Metallics such as gold, silver, pewter and bronze are often considered part of a neutral palette. Pinks, blushes and even reds can sometimes be considered neutral, in that red it can hold its own with many other colors.
Wendy uses neutrals in many different ways in Gray Raven Designs. The pendant above is made from a completely neutral palette in whites, featuring pearls and labradorite. The pendant to the right, by contrast, shows how a neutral such as the black labradorite can accentuate the bolder reds and oranges of the carnelian and calcite stones.
Both these pieces are part of Gray Raven Designs landscape pendant collection. Click on the photo to purchase one of these pieces.
The term mosaic means a picture or pattern produced by arranging small pieces of stone , tile, glass, or other media. The art form of micro mosaic, creating mosaics using extremely small tesserae (tiles), began in ancient Rome. Unlike paints and tints, which were unstable and often flaked or faded, the color of natural stones and fired tiles retained its vibrancy over time.
In Wendy’s contemporary interpretation of micro mosaics, she uses an array of semi-precious gemstones and minerals that she hand cuts into tiny pieces and places individually to create vibrant textural mosaic jewelry. The gallery above shows the transformation of amethyst from stone to the tiny pieces used in our micro mosaic designs.
This video a brief visual history of the art of mosaics. To purchase the amethyst earrings shown, just click on the picture.